Radial Pressure Wave Therapy

Radial Pressure Wave Therapy is a medical treatment that utilizes ultrasound technology to send high-energy radial pressure waves (RPWs) to the site of chronic pain. At the most basic level, RPW therapy stimulates new cell growth. It increases blood flow, stimulates muscle repair and regeneration, and increases metabolization at the cellular level. When you experience chronic pain, your body no longer recognizes that there is an injury to that area. As a result, it shuts down the healing process and you feel no relief. The sound waves penetrate deep through soft tissue, reaching a microtrauma or inflammatory condition. This reactivates the body’s natural healing response.

The energy emitted also causes the cells in the soft tissue to release certain bio-chemicals that intensify the body’s natural healing process. These bio-chemicals allow for the building of an array of microscopic new blood vessels in the soft tissue. RPW therapy applications include:

  • myofascial trigger points
  • disorders of tendon insertions
  • pulse vibration massage
  • pain and inflammation in orthopedic conditions
  • various musculoskeletal diseases
  • herniated, bulging, or degenerative discs
  • plantar fasciitis
  • recurring episodes or chronic neck or back pain
  • chronic headaches
  • neck or back injuries from a car crash

How is RPW performed?

The system includes a machine with an applicator like that of an ultrasound. The applicator is applied to the area and the ballistic waves are administered by movement over the affected area in a controlled motion. During the treatment, there may be some discomfort, but tolerable pain is helpful in isolating the injured areas. There is no need for anesthesia to be administered during the treatment, as opposed to high-energy shockwave therapy (lithotripsy). Patients treated with RPW may be active immediately and resume their normal routine the same day. Many patients find a significant and immediate reduction in their pain. Some patients will feel results gradually after each treatment. RPW advantages include:

  • short treatment time (a few minutes)
  • precise and targeted application
  • results in a few treatments
  • avoiding surgery with non-invasive treatment
  • avoiding unnecessary additional medications
  • effectiveness where other therapies have failed
  • affordability and safety

Are there side effects from RPW Therapy?

There have been very few side effects reported. Patients may feel some soreness in the treated area for a day or two afterward, like a bruise, but that’s normal and is a sign the treatment is working. There may also be some temporary numbness or tingling in the treated area.

What is the success rate of RPW shockwave therapy?

The majority of patients who use this treatment enjoy positive results. In clinical studies, about 91% of patients reported successful results, including a decrease in chronic pain, increase in mobility, and other health improvements. RPW has a proven success rate that is equal to or greater than that of traditional treatment methods, including surgery, without the risks, complications, or lengthy recovery periods. There are no incisions and no risk of infection, or scar tissue, like there are with surgery.

Is shockwave and ultrasound the same thing?

Shock waves are single, mainly positive pressure pulses that are followed by comparatively small tensile wave components. Ultrasound applies an alternating high frequency load to the tissue, with a frequency range of several megahertz which can lead to heating, tissue tears and cavitation at high amplitudes. Although both radial shockwave and ultrasound therapies were found to be effective in patients with plantar fasciitis, the statistical analysis showed that radial shockwave is significantly more effective than ultrasound therapy.

When combined with our Class IV Low Level Laser, many condition has shown to heal within 6 to 8 treatments.

Treats Symptoms From

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Knee pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golf elbow
  • Shoulder pain
  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • Myofascial trigger points
  • Chronic injury
  • Shin splints
  • And More………

Benefits of Radial Pressure Wave Therapy

  • Short Treatment time (minutes)
  • Muscle massage with vibrating applicator
  • Treat target areas
  • Results in just a few treatment
  • Treat large areas of pain
  • Non-invasive and no known significant adverse effects
  • Alternative to medication!

How Does RPWT Work?

RPWT is one of the few medical technologies that performs best on people with chronic conditions that did not respond to conservative traditional therapy. RPWT accelerates the body’s own healing process in a number of ways:

  • Through a process called cavitation, RPWT stimulates fibroblast and tenocyte production. Fibroblast or tenocyte cells make up your body’s connective tissues, such as tendons and the fascia.
  • RPWT diminishes pain by over-stimulating the nerves that send pain sensations to the brain.
  • The procedure can break down pathological calcification deposits (also known as a spur). Depending upon your condition this may or may not be the goal, but an interesting by-product. In all cases, RPWT is targeted at the condition that caused the spur, not the spur itself.